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Comic Book Pull List: May 18th



Comic Book of The Week:
Spider-man #4

No surprise here. Anything Bendis and Pichelli drop another issue of Spider-man, more times than not it will be my pick of the week. Why this week? Easily the mix of character development with some action thrown in. What seems to be ‘that thing’ for me in this comic is the emphasis on Miles’ life outside of Spider-man. Even though it’s a very important part of his life, we see that this comic is focused more on him trying to stabilize his personal life with carrying the mantle that Peter Parker gave him, along with being an Avenger.

This issue, ex X-Man ‘Goldballs’ is enrolled in Miles’ high school. His best friend Ganke is hell-bent on adding him to their super club and even gets him to become their roommate. The real meat of this issue comes in a discussion about race and teen acceptance in their world. What makes it work is how it organically evolves from superhero-envy. Immediately Miles (half black/latino) and Ganke (chubby Asian) have a heated discussion about the pitfalls of being different. Never preachy, Bendis likes to sprinkle social commentary in here and there, without it becoming an ‘Afterschool Special’. I appreciate that.

Also, Black Cat and Hammerhead make their move to try and take down the new Spider-man. There’s missiles and shit blowing up. Standard comic book fodder, and it’s greatly appreciated. The action seems less link an afterthought, and more like a lead-in to the next issue. All-In-All a great issue.

Rest of The Pack

#Reading The Dead


Every few years or so, I re-read this Mark Rodgers awesome zombie book, ‘The Dead’. What sets this book apart from most zombie tales, is it’s effortless mixture of religious dogma with the zombie apocalypse. Instead of mindless walking corpses, Rodgers puts demons from hell into the bodies of the dead to usher in ‘hell on earth’. The handful of survivors need to stay hidden while trying to figure out the key to being lifted to heaven like the chosen had been. Sometimes it can get heavy-handed with the catholic guilt. But it doesn’t take away from horrific story and one of the few books that surprised me with its ending.

A terrible judge comes like a thief in the night. While the world sleeps, everything changes. In the diseased light of a festering sun, planes drop from the sky, machines sputter and stop, and the graves of the shrieking damned burst open. Angels from hell clothe themselves in the flesh of corpses to form an unholy army. Dreaming of his father hammering his way out of a coffin, Gary Holland is jolted awake by the phone to learn that his father is dead. Bickering over infidelity and religion, the family gathers for the funeral… and confronts hell on earth at the Jersey Shore. Hounded from cellar to sewer, the staggering, bloodied survivors of the Holland clan are pushed remorselessly to choose between black despair and hopeless faith.

Get it on


#Reading: The Reason I Jump: The Inner Voice of a Thirteen-Year-Old Boy with Autism


I first heard about this book on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. I’d been prepping to start the reading the new Questlove book “Mo Meta Blues” when this book about a 15 year old boy explain his world inside of Autism. I’m only 20 pages in and i’m hooked. An incredible book.

About The Book

You’ve never read a book like The Reason I Jump. Written by Naoki Higashida, a very smart, very self-aware, and very charming thirteen-year-old boy with autism, it is a one-of-a-kind memoir that demonstrates how an autistic mind thinks, feels, perceives, and responds in ways few of us can imagine. Parents and family members who never thought they could get inside the head of their autistic loved one at last have a way to break through to the curious, subtle, and complex life within.

Using an alphabet grid to painstakingly construct words, sentences, and thoughts that he is unable to speak out loud, Naoki answers even the most delicate questions that people want to know. Questions such as: “Why do people with autism talk so loudly and weirdly?” “Why do you line up your toy cars and blocks?” “Why don’t you make eye contact when you’re talking?” and “What’s the reason you jump?” (Naoki’s answer: “When I’m jumping, it’s as if my feelings are going upward to the sky.”) With disarming honesty and a generous heart, Naoki shares his unique point of view on not only autism but life itself. His insights—into the mystery of words, the wonders of laughter, and the elusiveness of memory—are so startling, so strange, and so powerful that you will never look at the world the same way again.

In his introduction, bestselling novelist David Mitchell writes that Naoki’s words allowed him to feel, for the first time, as if his own autistic child was explaining what was happening in his mind. “It is no exaggeration to say that The Reason I Jump allowed me to round a corner in our relationship.” This translation was a labor of love by David and his wife, KA Yoshida, so they’d be able to share that feeling with friends, the wider autism community, and beyond. Naoki’s book, in its beauty, truthfulness, and simplicity, is a gift to be shared.

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